Longtime Oklahoma Journalist John Wylie on Senate Bill 1003 (Re: Environmental Audit Immunity)
Our guest is the veteran and award-winning Oklahoma journalist, John Wylie, former publisher of the Oologah Lake Leader. He recently wrote a blog post -- headlined "Mother Earth's Guardian Angel or Corporate Greed"s Satanic Shield?" -- about the controversy surrounding the now-under-consideration Senate Bill 1003, which would protect internal corporate environmental, health, and safety audits from public exposure or even court view. As Wylie notes in his post, the "combatants can't even agree on its name. Backers say it would entice chemical and energy industries to make safety and stringent environmental protection core corporate values. They call it an 'environmental or health and safety law.' Foes say it rewards corporate polluters who violate health and safety laws by dodging responsibility or even public disclosure...[and so they] call it the 'Pollution Secrecy Act' or 'Right to Know Nothing Bill.'" Also on our program, commentator Connie Cronley offers a short essay titled "Naming Our Machines."